More TSA silliness:
At the Dallas checkpoint, the contents of his bag were dumped on the table. ”They pull out my car key,” he said.
”What’s this?” an inspector asked.
”My car key,” Mr. Rau said.
Mr. Rau drives an Audi. Audis now come with stylish ignition keys designed to house the key inside a holder, preventing rips and wear on pocket liners. You push a button on a flat two-inch shaft and the key slides out.
As he demonstrated it, Mr. Rau could see the word forming in the minds of the screeners, now three, on his case: switchblade.
”Now the bells are ringing,” he said. After running the key through the X-ray machine three times, the security committee reached a conclusion. ”Well, sir, that’s a switchblade style, and that’s a prohibited item,” Mr. Rau said he was told. ”We’re going to have to confiscate that.”
Paperwork, of course, was required. His driver’s license and other identification papers were photocopied.
”And of course, I didn’t have my car keys,” he said. Luckily, he keeps a spare in a little magnetized box under his car. But, it cost $300 to replace the key at the dealer, who must add a computer code for a specific car.
Here is the switchblade.
Again, I don’t know if this is true. Sure seems believable.